A swimming pool can be a beautiful addition to any property. If you're considering having a in-ground pool installed you should think about all the expenses that can happen with pool projects before making an investment in a pool. In this article we have taken a cost averaging methodology to give you an idea of the expenses that can occur with a pool project. The total cost of a in-ground pool can vary from region to region and each contractor will have different fees. This information is to be used as a basic guide for understanding the fess involved with a swimming pool installation. 

Let’s take a look at the fess of various types of in-ground swimming pools such as fiberglass, vinyl liner, and concrete or shortcrete pools. This will help us with a better idea of what’s the best fit for your project and desires.

Labor Costs Associated With a Pool 

It’s important to explain; some home owners prefer the “self-installation” package where the materials are handed to them for project install. If that’s the way you wish to take your project, please ignore this section as it doesn’t pertain to you or your total pool project expenses.

For others who require professional insights (recommended), it’s better to start with the standard labor fees before diving into specific pool manufacturers.

In general, the labor expenses are going to settle in the $35-50 hourly rate. Please think about, that these expenses are going to be different based on the installer, and the more prestigious builders that use the best company products can be as high as $70 per project hour before materials are considered.

Always ask about these rates before paying a contractor. It can help expedite the process and your understanding of what’s being charged to you versus what you're getting.

Getting a Pool Quote 

To get a better read on how much each pool install costs, you want to get a better understanding of the main requirements of each project attached to the total pool project.

Remember, no two swimming pool projects will be alike, and most have to take into account the space they have to work with and the total requirements of the pool project. So, what are some of the variables that need to be thought about for a in-ground pool project?

Variables Include:

1) Property dimensions and layout.

2) Pool dimensions.

3) Materials required for the project.

4) Safety measures – hand railings, proper markings, swimming pool covers, etc.

5) Custom shapes, free form, rectangular, oval, kidney, etc.

6) Depth of pool – deep, shallow and mid pool height levels.

7) Diving boards, jumping rocks, spa jets and other pool accessories.

8) Fencing for safety to help protect your livingspace and meet safety standards.

9) Lighting for mood, safety and security. 

10) Contractors – how many will be on site and will their labor affect the expense.

these variables, and based on what a property owner requires from the pool installation process, will ultimately determine the total expense. The pool purchaser should always plan on spending more than anticipated to be safe. Always sit down and speak with a pool guy to determine how much it’s going to run and try to determine any unforeseen circumstances.

If not, the quote could end up being much greater than anticipated due to the additional needs related to the project. These expenses are always going to play a greater role on cost once the pool has been wrapped up. 

Fiberglass Swimming Pools

Now, that we have talked about the variables that should be considered, let’s talk about the specific types of pools available to consumers.

With fiberglass pools, you’re looking at  a cost of roughly $15,000-$35,000 (based on size).

Vinyl Liner Pools

The next type of in-ground pool would be the vinyl liner pool. These are beautiful pools that can provide years of enjoyment when planned for the right way by professionals. 

The fees associated with a vinyl liner pool are going to settle in of $10,000-$30,000.Vinyl liner pools can be a fantastic choice for property owners wanting something robust and unique.

Concrete Pools

The third option one will have is a concrete swimming pool, and this is the most expensive type of pool. This is going to end up costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000-$40,000 or more... 

With concrete pools it’s important to remember they can be customized to as much as you want as the pool builder can build them from the ground up. You will have full control over what can be done with your custom in-ground swimming pool.

To reflect, there are three types of swimming pools and the costs for those pool types can differ in many ways. If you're still undecided about which pool type to purchase one of our contractors can explain the difference and why. All three swimming pool types have their strengths and weaknesses, so it's best to look at these benefits along with your budget to determine what is best for you.